Pete Abel of “Love your bike” explains a consultation on cycling in the city
Fed up with being the sandwich filling between two 10-tonne buses on Oxford Road?
Now is your chance to demand better cycling facilities on Oxford Road and in Manchester City Centre. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council (MCC) are consulting on new Cross City and Oxford Road schemes.
The consultation now runs till 5th July and there are a number of public events where you can see the detailed plans and ask questions. See website for details. (This one!)
The Oxford Road proposals will see most of the car traffic removed from Oxford Road between Whitworth Park all the way up to the Cornerhouse (Whitworth Street). The route will be for buses, taxis, emergency vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
Love Your Bike has been lobbying for “Dutch-style” segregated cycle routes on Oxford Road (and elsewhere) and we have had some success with getting the principle accepted. The recent Greater Manchester Cycling City Ambition bid stated that [on Oxford Road] “Dutch-style full segregation of cycle routes will feature prominently along a 4 mile long flat thoroughfare”.
We support the principle of the Oxford Road plans but some of the proposed changes are definitely not cycle-friendly – such as the Hathersage Road junction, Grosvenor Street contra-flow cycle lane as well as the plans for Upper Brook Street. TfGM also need to be clearer about how they will introduce cycle-friendly routes through the City Centre.
Manchester has publicly stated that it aims to become a “world class cycling city” by 2017.To achieve this goal, Love Your Bike believes that TfGM needs to develop high quality cycle networks that are coherent, direct, attractive, safe and comfortable – or in other words – Go Dutch.
What happens next and what can I do?
Find out more – check the plans online or visit one of the public events.
Send in your comments to TfGM.
Love Your Bike will be submitting a detailed response. Send us your comments.
Pete Abel is a volunteer with Love Your Bike, a Manchester-based cycling advocacy campaign www.loveyourbike.org
Information for website
Consultation documents available at http://www.tfgm.com/Corporate/bus-priority-DEV/Pages/oxford-road-consultation-changing.aspx